How will Product Certification be impacted by Brexit?
The UK as a third country?
When the UK leaves the EU, it will automatically become a third country. Since the UK will no longer be an EU Member State, it will no longer enjoy the benefits that EU membership brings and all EU laws (primary and secondary) will cease to apply for the UK.
The trade of goods and services between the UK and the EU will be affected. It will have an impact not only on goods exported from Ireland, but also on goods imported to Ireland that originates from the UK.
The area of product certification will change post-Brexit, as UK Notified Bodies will lose their status as an EU Notified Body and they will no longer have any legal status with the EU. Another identifiable repercussion is that UK Notified Bodies will be removed from the EU's 'New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations' (NANDO) database and will no longer be able to provide EU certification services. Certificates of conformity from UK Notified Bodies will no longer be recognised, for the purpose of affixing 'CE' marking.
The EU Commission's ‘NANDO’ website is updated regularly and offers a listing of all current EU Notified Bodies.
What will be the status of products marketed under self-declaration?
Post-Brexit, if you rely solely on self-declaration for your CE marking, you will still be able to access the EU market and you may continue to access the UK market.